After a rough start, Prescott turned their season around and clinched the region crown with a win over Independence
Prescott closed the chapter on the regular season Friday, beating Independence 35-14 in Glendale on a night where the team made brilliant plays in critical situations.
The game started with the proficient Badger offense moving the ball down the field with relative ease to quiet the Patriot faithful. Jake Jarvis ended the drive with a touchdown run.
Independence showed patience, running the ball and had some success. The running backs made moves to shed tackles and earn first downs. They were able to score to tie the game up at seven a piece.
Prescott answered right back with yet another touchdown by the surprising Jarvis. The Patriots showed resilience coming right back to get a second touchdown on a running play.
The Badger defense kept forcing turnovers, but the offense couldn't put any points up on the scoreboard from the mistakes.
Though, this all changed on one play when Prescott received a punt return towards the end of the third quarter.
With the game up in the air the Badgers came up big on special teams. The score tied at 14, Prescott received the punt and returned it the distance. Skyler Schiller picked up the ball off of a bounce and took off down the visitor sidelines. Schiller made a few quick cutbacks off of his teammate's blocks that were set up down the field. Schiller broke away of the last tackle and dived into the end zone for a 59 yard punt return. The Badgers were now up by a touchdown and never looked back.
The Patriots tried to tie the game back up, but on a apparent throw away pass that was intended to be incomplete, was intercepted. Linebacker Isaac Chavez dived for the ball, was able to get his hands on it and scoop it up before it the tip of the ball hit the ground.
After an immaculate interception by Chavez the Prescott offense capitalized. On the key drive of the game, already in the red zone, Prescott scored a touchdown to extend the lead to two touchdowns. The touchdown was on a pass from Isaac's brother Josh Chavez to Ty Asay.
Later in the final quarter the Prescott offense again punched it in the end zone on a one-yard run straight up the middle, by Levi Carter.
The buzzer sounded on the regular season and the fireworks blasted into the dark sky above with Prescott victorious again for the sixth straight game.
Independence displayed a bit of success in the running game at times during the game. Also they had great plays on certain passing plays that set up short runs for points. They kept the game competitive and interesting up until the game-changing punt return.
On offense, the Badgers rushed for 352 yards on 45 carries, averaging close to eight yards a rush. The defense stepped up and made huge plays, picking off three passes.
Prescott (5-0, 6-4)- The Badgers will now regroup for a playoff run. Prescott will travel down to Tucson to take on two time runner-up Sabino in the first round of playoffs. The Badgers will have to play a clean game with no turnovers and limit the penalties to find success in this match up.
Glendale Independence (1-4, 1-9)- The disappointing season ended for the Patriots. Good luck to them next year and in the future.
Jake Jarvis again earns the game ball with many others contributing to the success. Jarvis finished with a game high 21 carries for 215 yards and found the end zone another two times.